Skills, Education and Training
Working closely with government, as well as other industry stakeholders, the ECA endeavours to maintain the integrity of our apprenticeships and to attract high calibre entrants into our industry.
The ECA understands the importance of continuous professional training and traineeships/apprenticeships for young people. We have pressed the Government to ensure apprenticeships are rigorous and high quality, and that sufficient numbers of apprenticeships are engineering based.
The ECA is a leading and founding member of TESP – the Electrotechnical Skills Partnership.
Ensuring high quality apprenticeships
The government has overhauled apprenticeships, particularly funding, with the aim of creating 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020, which the ECA supports. However, we believe an emphasis needs to be placed on the quality of apprenticeships, as well as quantity, and that means engineering and technical apprenticeships.
Bridging the skills gap
The UK’s engineering services sector is facing a growing skills shortage, and Britain is in desperate need of more skilled – engineering - apprenticeships. Government and schools need to do much more to back STEM subjects and encourage take-up of vocational engineering training. As part of our efforts in this area, the ECA and partners within TESP are working closely on a career progression project intended to upskill existing workers within the industry.
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05 Apr 2018
AM2S, the End Point Assessment (EPA) for the electrotechnical apprenticeship standard, is now available through a number of NET centres. AM2S will now run in parallel with the existing AM2, which remains the assessment for the ‘apprenticeship framework’ and mature candidate assessment.
27 Apr 2017
Swansea based business leader Dave Kieft sees opportunities for industry